Inglis sale company in Australia announced an addition to its sale schedule, a Nov. 15 auction of both unraced juveniles as well as horses in training.
"The racing world has changed dramatically over the past 20 years and we need to change with. There is already considerable demand for tried racehorses in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Middle East," Inglis managing director Mark Webster said. "If racing goes ahead in China this demand will increase dramatically and we need to be prepared.
"Technology gives us the opportunity to respond to this demand," Webster added. "We will load detailed race form and video footage onto the Inglis Web site to promote each horse entered in the sale. For tried horses, we will make available recent race footage. For unraced horses will load trial footage if available, but won’t be enforcing timed 200-meter gallops. For young horses that have not trialled and are still in the early stages of their training, we will send a camera crew to designated training tracks to film their track work three-to-four weeks before the sale. Young horses will be filmed doing their normal track work routine. They may canter or work at three quarter pace to show prospective buyers their movement. Trainers have told me they’d like to put the polish on young horses and this format gives them that opportunity."
To assist consignors, the sale company said it will provide free entry to the sale for yearlings bought back at 3009 Inglis sales. Also, travel incentives will be offered to assist international buyers to attend the sale.